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Thanks for bringing this up, Pops!

You can count me in as well.

I used to say "If you are what you eat, then I'm cheap, fast, and easy."

This past July, my wife and I started seriously watching what we eat and drink.  I had some real scary-high cholesterol numbers, and even worse tri-gyicerides (liver enzymes).  They were bad enough for my doctor to order a liver biopsy for me to make sure I didn't have something life-threatening. Good news was no Cirrhosis, or Hepatitis.  Bad news, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.  Nothing like that to convince us we could both stand to lose a few pounds.

SO we've been making a lot more turkey, chicken, and fish, and a lot less red meat. Added larger portions of fresh veggies to the plate to compensate. Nice thing is that I can still run the smoker and the grill all the time and feel better about what I put into my body.  A lot of it has to do with portion, and proportion.  Not just how much you eat, but what percentage is vegetables and fresh fruit versus meats.

I've even started experimenting with making sausage from turkey and soy protein and getting pretty satisfactory results.  Texture is OK, and as long as it comes off the smoker the flavor is decent.  And it's a lot lower in fat.

So far, after three months, I have lost nearly 30 pounds and my wife has dropped 25.  All without really trying other than changing what we eat. 

We still have a long way to go to be considered "healthy weight" but it's a lot easier when you make your own foods and control what goes into your body.  Adding some great flavorings like fresh herbs, spices, and smoke just helps to ease the transition.

Good luck in your quest for healthier eating.  It's not easy but I know from personal experience it can be done, and it can be very satisfying.
 
I bought Soy Protein from Butcher Packer, it is very fine like powder, but what I remember from the 'old days' for meat additives was a grainy soy protein grits that we'd mix with water and lumped up just like hamburger, and we'd add 33% to ground beef to make soy burger mix and sold it as such.  Does that describe what you have as TVP?  The soy flour I got as a substitute for powdered milk in frankfurters to retain more moisture.  Am still looking for the old time grits.
 
If you have a Latin or Mexican market nearby, you can get a bag of "Carne de Soya" or "Soy Meat." It's Textured Soy protein,   It's usually hanging with the bagged dried chili peppers.  It looks a lot like ground hamburger.  It's dried and has to be re-hydrated.  Instead of water, you can use beef broth or chicken broth to re-hydrate and add it proportionally to your sausage mixtures.  2-cups (about 100 grams) of the soy is equivalent in volume to a pound of ground turkey or ground chicken.  It holds moisture well so it helps to keep sausage form drying out on the smoker, and you don't have to add fat.  
 
Both you, and your little helpers, will be thankful!  My little helpers have been working on me, too... they're 37 and 32!  Unfortunately I didn't start 'til now, so I got a lot of catching up to do!  Thank you so much!
 
thank you so much for relating your situation and improvements to us!  If it's going to be then it's up to me, and you're on the right way forward!
 
Thanks for bringing this up, Pops!

You can count me in as well.

I used to say "If you are what you eat, then I'm cheap, fast, and easy."

This past July, my wife and I started seriously watching what we eat and drink.  I had some real scary-high cholesterol numbers, and even worse tri-gyicerides (liver enzymes).  They were bad enough for my doctor to order a liver biopsy for me to make sure I didn't have something life-threatening. Good news was no Cirrhosis, or Hepatitis.  Bad news, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.  Nothing like that to convince us we could both stand to lose a few pounds.

SO we've been making a lot more turkey, chicken, and fish, and a lot less red meat. Added larger portions of fresh veggies to the plate to compensate. Nice thing is that I can still run the smoker and the grill all the time and feel better about what I put into my body.  A lot of it has to do with portion, and proportion.  Not just how much you eat, but what percentage is vegetables and fresh fruit versus meats.

I've even started experimenting with making sausage from turkey and soy protein and getting pretty satisfactory results.  Texture is OK, and as long as it comes off the smoker the flavor is decent.  And it's a lot lower in fat.

So far, after three months, I have lost nearly 30 pounds and my wife has dropped 25.  All without really trying other than changing what we eat. 

We still have a long way to go to be considered "healthy weight" but it's a lot easier when you make your own foods and control what goes into your body.  Adding some great flavorings like fresh herbs, spices, and smoke just helps to ease the transition.

Good luck in your quest for healthier eating.  It's not easy but I know from personal experience it can be done, and it can be very satisfying.
 
Yep, I agree totally and I'm in as a member
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So far, this is the membership I show:

Bearcarver 

Squirrel

SmokinAl

garyinmd

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JC1947 

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JustPassingThru

Tailgate72

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JIRodriguez 

BackyardSmokin 

miamirick 

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DanMcG 

Chef JimmyJ

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Did I miss anybody?
 
The next question would be, what interests you the most that can compliment our smoking but to be more healthful one bite at a time?  Information, facts, nutrition, data, sites, programs, etc?  What can you give and what can you take from this to keep yourself from experiencing health loss?
 
Just add YAWYE to your sig line (go to Profile, down at the bottome create a signature line, add it to it!)   That's it!  You will help your's and others' to more healthful eating one bite at a time!  Tell everyone that you know!
 
how can i join in too love this site really good help here and wonderfull peaple to
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One thing I wanted to find out, would y'all like to start a Facebook Group?  I can create a new group, but to do so I'd need you to add me as a friend and send me a note that you want to join the YAWYE Group.  I'm on Facebook as Pops Fassett .
 
WOW!!! I have absalutely no idea how I missed this thread, Pops! You mentioned something along the lines of including the YAWYE acronym into your signature line in the PM we tossed around awhile back...I hadn't a clue that you were taking it to this level of shared information, so, my hat is off to you, brother!

I've read this thread from start to finish and checked out some links of interest as well.

I just learned tonight about the carbonated beverages depleting your calcium as your stomach fights off the high acid. I drink 3 - 4 cans of soda per day for the past couple of years, and for 6 - 8 months I have been noticing more and more bone and joint discomfort as well as tooth problems, and now, I know why. I use a double-dose of vitamin suppliments because I know I'm not eating enough calcium foods, as well as a good balance of fruits/veggies, but obviously it's not enough. There seems to be no substitute for proper dietary intake, and difficulty in off-setting the harmful things we injest, so, it's time for me to get busy on making some changes as well, and hopefully bring a good influence for my wife and kids to do the same.

That said, I invite everyone to join us in this quest for healthier eating. Share your experiences and tips. I haven't alot of tips to offer just yet, as I'm a novice in the subject, but I'll definitely be on the lookout, and toss up anything I try. I'm in, ALL in.

I linked my sig-line acronym to this thread so others may by chance stumble into it and find better ways to eat healthier as well.

Awareness is the key, and there's lot's to be shared and learned by all who partake.

Thanks for getting this going, Pops, and my best wishes for your recovery. And, thanks to all who've joined and shared experiences and info...great stuff!

Eric
 
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Hey, fellow YAWYE members and SMF members! Jeff set us up a YAWYE group, found HERE. Give it up for Jeff !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I sent out invites to join (via PM) to all who have responded as joining here on this thread thus far. If anyone else would like to join the group, just open the link above and click the join button...nothing to it. Also, share any experiences, tips, tricks you may have.

Hope to see you all around for a very, very long time.

Safe smokes, and eat well, my friends!

Eric
 
Okay all, since my last few Dr's app. I guess its time for

me to jump on the bandwagon.

Just a short bunch of info: I have had HBP since I was 20.(I only weigh around 125-130 lbs).  I have a heart condition called Wolff Parkinson White (too many electrical connections to heart).

I know have High Cholesterol. Just had 3 lvl Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion with hardware. (Didn't turn out well, not working yet). Now I find out

from an MRA my Dr. ordered that I have slight blockage in legs, and significant blockage in abdomen.

So I suppose I have to do something to stay together long enough to enjoy my new found friends and

support my new habit. 

Thanx for listening all

Mike
 
OK guys now it's time to think about the next step. EXERCISE!!!

Just walking 1/2 hour a day will change your blood chemistry & accelerate weight loss.

No matter how busy you are you can all find 1/2 hour a day.
 
Boy, I don't know how I missed this one. For the last year I've been paying more attention to what I eat as well as how I eat.

Being a person with Type 2 diabetes (PW2) I've seen my A1c drop from 7.2 down to my last blood draw of 5.8. and my morning gloucose numbers have been averaging between 75-80.

So count me in Pops!
 
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